Moving into your first apartment feels liberating and exciting. It’s a chance to create a space of your own according to your own ideas, taste and vision. With so many ideas racing through your head, it can be daunting trying to figure out what you should do first and how you should go about realizing your creative vision. This piece will help you make the decisions you need to make to help you decorate low-lift to major makeovers.
Prepare Your Entryway
Small is beautiful and you can make your apartment look good regardless of its size. One way to do this is by decorating the entryway. If you do not have an entryway, you can create one! Tamsin Johnson Interiors gives an example of an entryway decorated with two sculptural hooks that are used for coats and bags, a fashionable, thin basket for umbrellas, a stylish accent chair you can use to slip in and out of shoes, and a mirror that serves to decorate the wall while also giving you one last chance to check yourself before you leave your apartment. There are many other ideas you can explore.
Do Up you Hallway
People generally do not spruce up their hallways, leaving them largely bare. Hallways are easy to neglect because their width and the shapes they make make it hard to think of anything to spruce them up with. Still, there is a lot you can do. You can try statement runners, graphic wallpaper, placing paintings or pictures on the walls, among other things. Danielle Colding experiments with decorating a dresser with artwork, a mirror and a vase, all of which match the colours of the rug.
Window treatments, like the striped Roman shades that ETC.etera opted for are a great example of what you can do to enhance the aesthetics of your windows. Flowing curtains is something else you can think about doing. Window treatments should make rooms appear more spacious and slick. There are many more ideas out there you can look at.
Throw in Some Colour
Work your way up from a neutral colour, mixing colours as you go, and you will create a sophisticated look that shows off your new-found independence. Emily Henderson designed a beautiful living room using colours in a very low key yet powerful way. Explore other ways you can add colour to your apartment.
Personalize the Bathroom
The last thing you want is to have a generic bathroom. You want to make your bathroom reflect as much of you as possible. Try monogramming towels, shower curtains, robes and the like. People do not usually think of this, but you can place artwork in the bathroom to wonderful effect. Alexander Reid created a gallery wall and put a garden stool in his bathroom.
Splurge on a Headboard
A headboard will help to centre your room and has the practical use of carrying your mattress. A furniture shop like Franklin and Ben Furniture will usually be able to meet your needs in this regard. Arent & Pyke used a wonderfully curved headboard alongside beautiful, warm colors to ground the room and bring it to life, with a dash of pink adding a gorgeous touch to it.